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“Remembering you on this day my friend... ”
1 of 9 | Posted by: Kimberly Black - Friend

“Neil brought so much joy and love to my life. I will never forget you and love you with all my heart. ”
2 of 9 | Posted by: Bill Lee - Pam Springs, CA

“I'm saddened to read of Mr. Coburn's passing and having dealt with Parkinson's for so many years. He was a great teacher, my prayers are extended...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Former Student - Baytown, TX

“Knew Neil from elementary school. Remember his visiting one day and riding horses through Brownwood. You Always think of my friends as they were...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Ann Harrop Pfeiffer - TX - Friend

“Neil was my childhood friend and I loved him. I have so many wonderful memories of growing up two doors down from the Coburn kids from 1956 to 1972...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Mary Kaye Schnell - TX - friend

“Wow I am very saddened to hear about this loss. Mr. Coburn was my 4th grade teacher in 1989. He was a great teacher - full of humor and life. I'll...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Candace Rudder-Smith - Sugar Land, TX

“Mr. Coburn, You are still on my mind after all these years. You told me when I was in your 6th grade class that you wanted to talk after class one...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Kahna Smith - Fort Bragg, CA

“Neil and I got to know each other many years ago when his sister, Melanie, was involved in a car accident shortly after giving birth to her son,...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Kitty Dailey - Friend

“Joe and I both know neil is in heaven now watching all of us. What a wonderful brother he was to all of you. ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Joe and Bobbie Kana - Palacios, TX


Neil Lowell Coburn, 59, died December 13, 2013, in a Houston hospital after an 18-year battle with
Parkinson's disease. His steadfast brother Keith was by his side. Neil was buried in the Coburn family
plot at Sterling-White cemetery in Crosby, Texas. On December 19, 2013, a small group of family and
friends met for a graveside service officiated by Rev. Michael Proctor of St. Mark's United Methodist
Church, Neil's childhood church home.

A memorial service to honor Neil, God, family, and friendship will be held on the evening of Thursday,
January 9, 2014, at Crespo-Jirrels Funeral Home on Garth Road in Baytown. Visitation with the family
will begin at 4p.m. followed at 5p.m. by a service in the Crespo Chapel. The family requests that friends
bring photos and momentos to share and warm, funny stories to tell about Neil at the end of the
service.

Neil was born in Baytown, Texas, on November 16, 1954, to Fredna Fraser Coburn and Stephen Parker
Coburn. He was the youngest of four children. Neil attended school in Baytown, graduating from Robert
E. Lee High School in 1973. He attended Lee College, The University of Texas in Austin, and Texas State
College, where he graduated in 1976 with a degree in Education and English. He completed a Master's
degree in Education Management at the University of Houston, Clear Lake, in 1991. He taught Reading
and English for 16 years in Baytown at David Crockett Elementary School and Gentry Junior School.
Later he taught remedial English at Houston Community College.

Neil had a talent and love for music, always singing in church, school, and community choirs. He
enjoyed all types of music and theater. He also enjoyed reading and traveling and volunteer work in the
Montrose community of Houston, serving on the planning council of the Ryan White Foundation to
assist anyone whose life was affected by HIV.

Neil was fortunate to share his life with two loyal, loving partners, Rusty Banus, who died in 1990, and
William H. Lee, formerly of Houston, now of Denver, CO, and Palm Springs, CA. Throughout his illness
Neil enjoyed the help and friendship of many social workers and agencies doing the Lord's work, caring
for "the least of these, my Brothers." Among them were Leann Randolph of the Montrose Center,
Kathleen Crist of the Houston Area Parkinson's Society, many staff members of the Bering Methodist
Church outreach programs, and the Bering Omega Community Services programs. When his life fell on
hard times with physical and mental illness, he was adopted into the Harris County Guardianship
Program where he was cared for compassionately by caseworkers Kaisha Alexander and Kimberly Black
for nearly five years. Wherever Neil went he was loved for his quick wit, irreverent sense of humor,
mischievous behavior, and sparkling blue eyes.

Neil is survived by brothers Steve Parker Coburn and wife Victoria Benedetti Coburn of Dallas; Dr. Keith
Alan Coburn and wife Victoria Bordelon Fayle of Baytown; sister Melanie Coburn Dailey and husband
James Andrew Dailey of Palacios; nephews James Kevin Dailey and wife Angela of Spring; Chad Coburn
and wife Katie, of Austin; Kurt Coburn and wife April, of Houston; Nieces Stephanie Coburn Lotz of Ft.
Worth; and Dr. Karen Bains Dailey and husband Dr. Jorge Hernandez , of Beaumont. Also surviving Neil
are a growing group of great nieces and nephews, all of whom love books and music like their Uncle
Neil: 3 Coburn Boys in Austin; soon to be 2 Coburn boys in Houston; 3 Lotz boys in Ft. Worth; 3 Dailey
girls in Spring; and a girl and a boy Hernandez-Dailey , in Beaumont.

Rather than floral gifts, the family requests that memorials be made in Neil's name to the Houston Area
Parkinson's Society, The Bering Omega Community Services Foundation, or Saint Mark's United
Methodist Church in Baytown. The Coburns would have everyone remember always the words of St.
Augustine, "You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you."